Functional Skills Maths Level 2

Functional Skills Maths Level 2 is an alternative qualification to GCSE Maths and is equivalent of a GCSE Maths pass grade.

This is a nationally recognised qualification, Functional Skills Maths Level 2 is accredited by awarding bodies including; AQA, City & Guilds, Edexcel, OCR, Open Awards and Pearson.

A GCSE Maths pass grade or equivalent is often an entry requirement when applying for jobs, for example; NHS, policing, fire service, education and council jobs. It’s also a requirement to complete an apprenticeship, access higher education courses, or to go to University.

Our Level 2 Maths online course uses real-life examples to help you improve your maths skills. If you find it easier to learn maths with practical examples, this is the maths course for you.

  • Duration

You would need to commit to 15 hours of learning per week to complete this course in less than 6-8 weeks
  • Study Type

Our functional skills courses are accessible online at any time to suit your needs however there are two mandatory live sessions per week so you can receive advice from the tutor and discuss how we can further support you to gain your qualification.

  • Price

Courses starting from £189 or fully funded by the government (if available in your area)

Functional Skills Maths Level 2 Course Overview

Functional Skills Maths Level 2 includes the following units:

  • Whole numbers
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Using common measures
  • Shape and space
  • Handling information and data


To pass your Functional Skills Maths Level 2 you’ll need to sit and pass an exam at the end of your course. You’ll be able to book your Functional Skills Maths Level 2 exam when you’re ready.

Functional Skills Maths vs GCSE Maths

Functional Skills Maths and GCSE Maths courses are both Level 2 qualifications. Employers and academic institutions usually consider Functional Skills Maths Level 2 equivalent to a GCSE pass grade.

On average, it takes around 55 hours of study Functional Skills Maths Level 2, whereas GCSE Maths takes around 100 hours of study. The time it will take you is subject to your current skill level and how quickly you learn. But Functional Skills Level 2 is a quicker qualification to complete compared to GCSE Maths.

Another advantage of Functional Skills Maths Level 2 is you can take your exam as soon as you’re ready and easily book resits if you don’t pass first time. With GCSE Maths, there are only a few exam dates every year. So, if you study GCSE Maths, you’ll have a much longer wait for exams and resits.

You’ll also get your results for your Functional Skills Maths Level 2 exam quicker than you would for GCSE Maths.

Unless the employer or academic institution only accept a GCSE Maths pass grade, Functional Skills Maths Level 2 is a much better option.

Functional Skills Maths Level 2 Units

Use of number and the number system: what you’ll learn

  • use numbers of any size
  • read, write and make use of positive and negative integers of any size
  • use, order and compare integers, fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios as well as recognise the value of a digit in any whole or decimal number
  • use numerical and spatial patterns for a purpose
  • calculate with, and convert between, numbers written as fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios

Level 2 – Using numbers and the number system – whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages

  • Read, write, order and compare positive and negative numbers of any size
  • Carry out calculations with numbers up to one million including strategies to check answers including estimation and approximation
  • Evaluate expressions and make substitutions in given formulae in words and symbols
  • Identify and know the equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Work out percentages of amounts and express one amount as a percentage of another
  • Calculate percentage change (any size increase and decrease), and original value after percentage change
  • Order, add, subtract and compare amounts or quantities using
  • Express one number as a fraction of another proper and improper fractions and mixed numbers
  • Order, approximate and compare decimals
  • Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals up to three decimal places
  • Understand and calculate using ratios, direct proportion and inverse proportion
  • Follow the order of precedence of operators, including indices

Use of common measures, shape and space: what you’ll learn

  • handle relationships between measurements of various kinds
  • use angles and coordinates when involving position and direction
  • make use of geometric properties in calculations with 2-D and 3-D shapes and understand the relationships between them

Level 2 – Using common measures, shape and space

  • Calculate amounts of money, compound interest, percentage increases, decreases and discounts including tax and simple budgeting
  • Convert between metric and imperial units of length, weight and capacity using a) a conversion factor and b) a conversion graph
  • Calculate using compound measures including speed, density and rates of pay
  • Calculate perimeters and areas of 2-D shapes including triangles and circles and composite shapes including non-rectangular shapes (formulae given except for triangles and circles)
  • Use formulae to find volumes and surface areas of 3-D shapes including cylinders (formulae to be given for 3-D shapes other than cylinders)
  • Calculate actual dimensions from scale drawings and create a scale diagram given actual measurements
  • Use coordinates in 2-D, positive and negative, to specify the positions of points
  • Understand and use common 2- D representations of 3-D objects
  • Draw 3-D shapes to include plans and elevations
  • Calculate values of angles and/or coordinates with 2-D and 3-D shapes

Handle information and data: what you’ll learn

  • Construct, interpret and evaluate a range of statistical diagrams
  • Calculate and interpret probabilities
  • Calculate, analyse, compare and interpret appropriate data sets, tables, diagrams and statistical measures such as common averages (mean, median, mode) and spread (range)
  • Use statistics to compare sets of data
  • Identify patterns and trends from data as well as recognise simple correlation

Level 2 – Handling information and data

  • Calculate the median and mode of a set of quantities
  • Estimate the mean of a grouped frequency distribution from discrete data
  • Use the mean, median, mode and range to compare two sets of data
  • Work out the probability of combined events including the use of diagrams and tables, including two-way tables
  • Express probabilities as fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Draw and interpret scatter diagrams and recognise positive and negative correlation

Ask a question about this course.

    HI, Is there any exam end of the course. If so, is it online ? Is there any additional fee ?
  1. Q HI, Is there any exam end of the course. If so, is it online ? Is there any additional fee ?
    A

    Hi Mohammad, 

    Yes there is an exam at the end of the course and it is online but still under exam conditions. There is no additional fee for the exam.

    I hope this helps.

    Think Employment 

  2. Is this course made up of classes or can we do it from home?
  3. Q Is this course made up of classes or can we do it from home?
    A Hi Mohammad, Thank you for your question. All of our courses are online so do not require you to attend in centre classes. Think Employment
  4. Where are the Exams held?
  5. Q Where are the Exams held?
    A

    Hi Claire, 

    Thank you for getting in touch.

    The exams are held online.

    Think Employment

  6. Hello, I wondered how long the level two maths courses takes ? Many thanks Naomi
  7. Q Hello, I wondered how long the level two maths courses takes ? Many thanks Naomi
    A

    Hi Naomi, 

    This is taken from the website: 'You would need to commit to 15 hours of learning per week to complete this course in less than 6-8 weeks'

    I hope this helps.

    Think Employment

  8. I am needing level 2 maths to be equal to a GCSE C so could you please let me know if this could be something you guys could help me achieve?
  9. Q I am needing level 2 maths to be equal to a GCSE C so could you please let me know if this could ...... Read more
    A

    Hi Shannon, 

    This is taken from our website: 'Functional Skills Maths Level 2 is an alternative qualification to GCSE Maths and is equivalent of a GCSE Maths pass grade.'

    Here is the link if you would like to apply: https://www.thinkemployment.com/courses/functional-skills-maths-level-2/

    Hope this helps.

    Think Employment

  10. How do I apply for this course
  11. Q How do I apply for this course
    A

    Hi Cherise, 

    Thank you for getting in touch.

    Please follow this link to apply for the Functional Skills Maths Level 2 course: https://www.thinkemployment.com/courses/functional-skills-maths-level-2/

    Think Employment

  12. Is the course frree
  13. Q Is the course frree
    A

    Hi Marcia, 

    Thank you for getting in touch. 

    The Functional Skills Maths Level 2 course is funded if you are eligible. The application lets you know if you are eligible when you fill it out. 

    If you aren't eligible here is the link to the self funded Maths Level 2 so you can have a look at prices: https://www.thinkonlinetraining.com/product/functional-skills-maths-level-2-online-course/

    I hope this helps.

    Think Employment

  14. can you keep retaking the exam if you fail the first time round?
  15. Q can you keep retaking the exam if you fail the first time round?
    A Hi Fatima, There is 1 resit included. However, your tutor wouldn't put you in for the exam if they were not confident you would pass. I hope this helps. Think Employment
  16. Hello. I have been accepted onto a PGCE course this September but I need a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in mathematics. Will this course & qualification be acceptable? If so, will I be able to complete it in time? And what will he total cost be please?
  17. Q Hello. I have been accepted onto a PGCE course this September but I need a standard equivalent to...... Read more
    A Hi Jamie, Functional Skills Level 2 is an equivalent qualification to a GCSE Grade C/4.  We always advise our students to contact the university or educational institution they are applying to before starting a course with us to ensure a Functional Skills qualification is sufficient. With regards to completion time - it's impossible to say how long a Level 2 Qualification would take without first sitting an Initial Assessment and Diagnostic, so that we can gauge your current knowledge levels.  This is part of the application process. If you aren't eligible for funding, please visit the following link to see our up-to-date prices - https://www.thinkemployment.com/functional-skills-maths-checkout/

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Career Prospects

Having your Functional Skills Maths (or GCSE equivalent) qualification is vital for many careers and could help you to progress into the career you want, as many careers require a basic level of maths and English, including nursing, teaching, policing, and the fire service.

Your Functional Skills qualification will also enable you to continue your education as it is a requirement for many further education courses, especially at degree level.

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